I did something that really worked well for me this time. I went through all of my patterened paper (both old and new) and I grouped them into piles that seemed to coordinate with each other. Then I took those groups of paper and matched some cardstock with them. When I got to where I was going, all I had to do was pull out some pictures and then pick the packet of papers that best went with them. It really helped me to be productive. I am sure it won't work for everyone, but I think I am well on my way to finding a system for myself.
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